Liverpool Latest: Sunderland team news and Can Rodgers poach United transfer target?

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A round up of the latest news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Liverpool have a virtually fully fit squad of players to choose from for the game against Sunderland this evening. Midfielder Lucas and defender Mamadou Sakho are in line to return should Brendan Rodgers decide to rotate his players and change the teams that won at Manchester United and Cardiff City.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for one of Manchester United’s main transfer targets last summer, Ander Herrera. According to Fichajes, the 24-year-old is on the radar of Brendan Rodgers, keen to sign the player ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League participation.

The Mirror has claimed that Liverpool will beat Everton to the signing of Balazs Dzsudzsak. The 27-year-old is believed to be keen on playing Champions League football next season, which logically gives the Reds the edge in any race to sign him against their Merseyside rivals.

Brendan Rodgers has described Luis Suarez as a ‘model of brilliance’. Suarez is close to setting a new Premier League goalscoring record with 28 goals in 25 games so far this season.

“This year, he has been a model of brilliance. On the pitch it's never been questioned and if anything he has improved on that level,” Rodgers told the press.

Rodgers has backed the Uruguayan striker to win the Premier League’s Player of the Year award, following his outstanding performances for the Anfield club throughout the campaign.

“He is certainly on his way to that. We have a number of candidates here - players who have been at the top level for a lot of the season. But Luis probably more than anyone has been really consistent so he has to be in the reckoning,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

Former Liverpool transfer target Gylfi Sigurdsson says he has no regrets over rejecting Liverpool for a switch to White Hart Lane. The midfielder seems to have made the wrong decision with Liverpool going for the title and certain of champions League football but that’s not the way he views it.

“People have asked me that, but at the time I was really happy to come to Tottenham, and I still am, I'm really enjoying it. It's a fantastic club and in the last couple of seasons we've shown the ambition to become better,” he told the Evening Standard.

Former Liverpool star Harry Kewell has announced his retirement from the game. Kewell moved to Liverpool from Leeds United in 2003 and made 98 league appearances in a five-year spell.

“On behalf of Harry Kewell, Melbourne Heart FC confirms the Socceroo legend will retire from professional football at the end of the current Hyundai A-League season,” read a statement.

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